In this article, I will tackle the eternal question: what are the secret skincare recipes that make Asian woman have an ageless skin? Answer: Rice and green tea powders.
What they have in common? Antioxidant properties.
∴ Rice is not just rice.
→ A bit of history.
Cosmetics powders are not new to the market.
In the 17th century, powder originated as an answer to a practical need in the days when bathing was less frequent, but it quickly became an expressive luxury.
It’s been used in Asian culture for over hundreds of years.
In Japan, white rice powder has been used since the 16th century by Japanese Geishas. In the heart of Japanese Geisha culture, rice powder purposely theatrically opaque, more translucent to whiten uniformly women’s complexions.
In France: A white face paint also characteristics of Marie Antoinette toiletries routine in the 17th Versailles. It was fashionable to have a very pale complexion. This highlighted that a person was rich enough not to have to work outside in the outside fields.
In ancient Indonesia (and others SEA countries), rice powder was added to water to create a form of paste. The field workers who worked all day under the hot tropical sun used to apply it as a UV protector.
Antioxidants are the magical nutrients and enzymes responsible for fighting against the negative effects of UV radiation, giving us younger-looking skin, and preventing a number of life-threatening maladies.
Some of us are have a more sensitive skin, it usually this type of skin that is prone to early age effects: wrinkles and dark spots around the eyes.
Using incorrect or/and harmful skin care product can only accelerate this process. Many cosmetics are comedogenic, it means that they are high in greasy ingredients and tend to clog pores especially by the formation of blackheads. So, if like me a few years ago, you have a oily/acne type of skin, it is highly recommended to use makeup and skin care products clearly labeled noncomedogenic.
Rice or oat starches (flour) are excellent in their raw, natural state for use in poultices, masques and gentle exfoliation of the skin. Examiner Blog
→ How to use it?
Powder cleanser is as easy to use as a liquid cleanser. Just wet your face and palms, pour about 1/2 a teaspoon on your hands and rub them together to activate the powerful enzymes and antioxidants.
In the cosmetics market, rice powder is used to add a polishing effect to the face. It helps to leave a transparent yet silky touch on the face. It can be used as facial masks, added to mineral veils and makeups. In Kuala Lumpur, I found it sold as a rice water format and applied as a skin tonic or body moisturizers.
Mixed with aloe Vera, it can be a very good healing lotion after a day at the beach under the sun.
What about Green tea? ↓Read below↓
∴ Green tea
Green tea, like many fruits and nuts, contains lot of polyphenols. Polyphenols have been studied for their antioxidant potential with promising results. In our case, EGCG is the predominant antioxidant in most forms of green tea.
EGCG has been shown to be 25 to 100 times more potent than vitamins C and E in terms of antioxidant activity. NCBI
Vitamin K is important for the production of certain proteins that maintain healthy skin cells renewal and it may be a factor in skin problems like acne.
Then damp the tea bag over your eyes for 10-15 minutes. The tannin tea bags have been proven to reduce swelling (baggy under eyes) and discoloration (dark circles).
→ How to use it?
An bags under your eyes? Use eye compress! Quite often, these are signals of sleep deprivation, improper diet, or some other slowly accumulating beauty-impacting issue:
- Put your used tea bag in the fridge or let it cool down for a half hour.
- Freeze freshly brewed green tea as ice cubes and use them as a toner.
Green tea acts as a great soother, reduce redness. Its calming properties can help mitigate any discomfort if you have any psoriasis and rosacea, accompanied by inflammation.
In your weekly facial mask? Simple. NBT explained how you can combine the two powders into water or lemon juice!
- Mix well 3 tablespoons of cool green tea solution with 3-4 table spoons of rice flour.
- Add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to it to form a smooth and spreadable paste, but not runny. You can always mix more tea if the paste is too thick.
- Apply the pack over your face and keep it there for about 20 minutes before rinsing with cool water.
- Apply your favorite moisturizer.
Like most other antioxidants, green tea polyphenols are oxidized and lose their activity when exposed to air. Whether commercial green tea creams retain the activity is unclear and may vary widely from product to product. It is always best to buy green tea and rice powder 100% natural and organic.